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23rd Nov '16 9:48:05 AM zealots
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Gatha in the book deal less malevolent than the Gatha depicted in the flavor text and card art. He's still a borderline EvilutionaryBiologist, mind, but like Ashnod before him we see that he has a dedication to fighting the Phyrexians and is not ''quite'' as treacherous as the cards imply.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Gatha in the book is a good deal less malevolent than the Gatha depicted in the flavor text and card art. He's still a borderline EvilutionaryBiologist, mind, but like Ashnod before him we see that he has a dedication to fighting the Phyrexians and is not ''quite'' as treacherous as the cards imply.



** The ''true'' example of this trope here is Davvol, who betrays his people and all of Dominaria for the immortality and freedom from his sickly body the Phyrexians promise him.



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Davvol, who spends multiple lifetimes amassing power and becomes such a master of the LongGame that he briefly supplants a Phyrexian praetor's authority, is undone when a factory he is inspecting collapses in on him (in other words, a completely unforeseen situation outside of his usual ClockKing planning) and Croag seizes the opportunity to kill him]].



* TheDogBitesBack: The reason for Davvol's betrayal. In the past he was once welcomed as one of the ruling elite of his nation, then he succumbed to an illness that deteriorated his health and appearance & was demoted and driven into exile for it. He takes a certain grim joy in selling them out to the Phyrexians.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Davvol gets his start as the historian of a minor Dominarian nation and ultimately becomes one of Rath's first evincars.



* PoorCommunicationKills: This becomes a minor plot point in the Phyrexia storyline when Davvol commissions a [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5559 Phyrexian negator]] that understands and takes orders from his tongue rather than the compleat language used by the Phyrexians themselves. [[TheStarscream This keeps Croag from being able to seize control of the negator from Davvol]].



* SeriesContinuityError: The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=12612 Æther Sting]] presents a fate for Gatha almost completely different to the one he ets in the book. [[spoiler:He does "fall" in both versions, but in the book it is a HeroicSacrifice, while on the card it is implied that he was cast down to be punished by his own creations]].

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* SeriesContinuityError: The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=12612 Æther Sting]] presents a fate for Gatha almost completely different to the one he ets gets in the book. [[spoiler:He does "fall" in both versions, but in the book it is a HeroicSacrifice, while on the card it is implied that he was cast down to be punished by his own creations]].
9th Oct '16 9:31:26 PM zealots
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* SuperBreedingProgram: This is what the Bloodlines Project is about.* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Gatha learns how to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=15262 scry]] on Tolaria, and when he goes to Keld he uses this ability to give the Keldons an incentive to let him set up shop.

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* SuperBreedingProgram: This is what the Bloodlines Project is about.about.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Gatha learns how to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=15262 scry]] on Tolaria, and when he goes to Keld he uses this ability to give the Keldons an incentive to let him set up shop.
9th Oct '16 9:31:02 PM zealots
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Gatha flings himself off a cliff to his death rather than let Croag kill him, but he does so out of pragmatism rather than pride]].



* ConflictingLoyalty: Gatha is a strange example. He flees Tolaria to continue his experiments, seemingly loyal to no one but himself, but over his centuries of power he takes no hostile action against Tolaria (despite considering it a few times) and when the Phyrexians come he fights fiercely for both his adopted homeland and for Tolaria (or rather Urza, since he feels that Urza at least appreciated his genius.

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* ClockKing: Davvol eventually becomes a master tactician when it comes to waging long, patient war, but he is much less skilled when it comes to thinking on his feet.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Gatha is a strange example. He flees Tolaria to continue his experiments, seemingly loyal to no one but himself, but over his centuries of power he takes no hostile action against Tolaria (despite considering it a few times) and when the Phyrexians come he fights fiercely for both his adopted homeland and for Tolaria (or rather Urza, since he feels that Urza at least appreciated his genius.genius).



** Davvol is a master of combining this with the EvilPlan. Unfortunately for him he is not so good at [[BatmanGambit other]] [[XanatosSpeedChess forms]] of gambiting, a deficiently which eventually costs him dearly.

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** Davvol is a master of combining this with the EvilPlan. Unfortunately for him he is not so good at [[BatmanGambit other]] [[XanatosSpeedChess forms]] of gambiting, a deficiently deficiency which eventually costs him dearly.
9th Oct '16 9:20:34 PM zealots
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* BornWinner: Gatha's Keldons are genetically pruned and weeded over multiple generations to cultivate the traits most desirable to the Keldons. Kreig, the culmination of these experiments, is the strongest Keldon to ever live, and even by the time of the Invasion is is still a legendary name in Keldon culture.

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* BornWinner: Gatha's Keldons are genetically pruned and weeded over multiple generations to cultivate the traits most desirable to the Keldons. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Keldon culture]]. Kreig, the culmination of these experiments, is the strongest Keldon to ever live, and even by the time of the Invasion is Literature/InvasionCycle his is still a legendary name in Keldon culture.
9th Oct '16 9:18:11 PM zealots
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* DesignerBabies

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* DesignerBabiesAdaptationalHeroism: Gatha in the book deal less malevolent than the Gatha depicted in the flavor text and card art. He's still a borderline EvilutionaryBiologist, mind, but like Ashnod before him we see that he has a dedication to fighting the Phyrexians and is not ''quite'' as treacherous as the cards imply.
* TheAgeless: Davvol is granted this by Croag. In keeping with the trope's spirit, he is not invulnerable and is [[spoiler:ultimately killed off by Croag]].
* {{Anticlimax}}: The book's third act can feel like this, as after the excitement of a Phyrexian invasion of Keld reading about Urza farting around in Yavimaya or the Capashens farting around in Benalia can be a bit of a slog. There's also not much of an ending, as the third act's primary purpose is to set up the Capashens and lead into the Weatherlight Saga.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Gatha's Keldons ultimately grow powerful enough to completely defy Keld's rigid social structure, culminating in Kreig breaking half the doyen on the Warlord's Council to grant Gatha a seat there.
* BadassBookworm: Gatha manages to survive combat with a Keldon shortly after arriving in Keld and when the Phyrexians invade centuries later he proves he has grown in strength, fighting alongside Kreig against them.
* BloodKnight: All the Keldons to a degree, but none more so than Kreig. Gatha's experiments made him physically strong, but his fighting spirit is all him.
* BornWinner: Gatha's Keldons are genetically pruned and weeded over multiple generations to cultivate the traits most desirable to the Keldons. Kreig, the culmination of these experiments, is the strongest Keldon to ever live, and even by the time of the Invasion is is still a legendary name in Keldon culture.
* BrilliantButLazy: Gatha to a degree. He is not lazy in the traditional sense, but lacks the patience to let his work play out at the LongGame rate advocated by Urza and Barrin. This first results in him cutting corners and concealing evidence of his less successful experiments, and then in leaving Tolaria altogether after Barrin attempts to restrict him.
* CategoryTraitor: Played with. Gatha is Argivian by blood and Tolarian by allegiance (at least initially) but as a youth his father worked for the Keldons, earning him and his son their distinctive forehead tattoos. After Barrin restricts his research Gatha goes renegade, fleeing to Keld which ends up being much more tolerant of his pace than Barrin ever was, and Barrin flatly considers him a traitor for it. But Urza feels otherwise, and Gatha [[spoiler:ultimately proves Urza correct by pulling a HeroicSacrifice rather than allowing the Phyrexians to harvest his knowledge of Tolaria and Urza]].
* ConflictingLoyalty: Gatha is a strange example. He flees Tolaria to continue his experiments, seemingly loyal to no one but himself, but over his centuries of power he takes no hostile action against Tolaria (despite considering it a few times) and when the Phyrexians come he fights fiercely for both his adopted homeland and for Tolaria (or rather Urza, since he feels that Urza at least appreciated his genius.
* CultOfPersonality: Keldon Warlords are this by necessity, as they [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?printed=true&multiverseid=159262 draw strength from their followers]]. Kreig is predictably as charismatic as he is powerful.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Gatha is this in the most literal sense of the term. He goes from the sterile, cloistered environment of Tolaria to the harsh and brutal lands of Keld.
* DesignerBabies: A rare fantasy take on this trope.
* {{Determinator}}: ''Kreig''. He doesn't meet an opponent capable of challenging him until Croag, but when he does, he fights to the very end.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Though Kreig is not able to kill the Phyrexian praetor Croag, he does ''severely'' wound him, to the point where it takes Croag '''decades''' to recover.
* DoomMagnet: Gatha unwittingly becomes this, as his experiments in Keld draw the attention of the Phyrexians, who begin a systematic campaign to destroy everything he built there.



* ElderlyImmortal: Urza Planeswalker, who by this time is multiple millennias old. He doesn't show it though, since as a pre-mending planeswalker he can alter his appearance entirely at will.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Gatha is passionately devoted to Urza's Bloodlines project, but his impatience results in a lot of cutting corners, turning him into this. His success stories are ''highly'' successful, but as for his failures, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=19114 well...]]
* FacialMarkings: Gatha has a trio of inverted triangles tattooed on his forehead. The tattoos are a mark of Keldon favor and help him get his foot in the door when he first goes to Keld.
* GenerationalSaga: The book covers multiple generations of characters in both Keld and Benalia (the Gathans and Capashens respectively).



* ImmortalityInducer: Most of the Tolarian characters, Gatha and Kreig all drink Tolarian "slow-time water" which stunts their aging considerably. And a good thing too, since the book covers a span of time ranging several hundred years.
* LongGame:
** Davvol is a master of combining this with the EvilPlan. Unfortunately for him he is not so good at [[BatmanGambit other]] [[XanatosSpeedChess forms]] of gambiting, a deficiently which eventually costs him dearly.
** The entire Bloodlines Project is a LongGame on the part of Urza, who is patiently preparing for the Phyrexian invasion in every way he knows how.
* ManipulativeBastard: Gatha, Timein, and even Barrin to a degree are all manipulated by Urza ForTheGreaterGood.
* MindRape: Croag can forcibly interface with organic minds and drain their memories and knowledge, a process which the drainee does not usually survive.



* NighInvulnerability: Croag, being a Phyrexian praetor of the highest circles, is extraordinarily difficult to even injure, much less kill.
* ObstructionistPacifist: Timein, a character designed to be a {{Foil}} to Gatha. He is much more moral and ethical in his research than the latter, but he is also prone to endless handwringing about the morality of his work.



* ServantRace: The Metathran.
* SuperBreedingProgram: This is what the Bloodlines Project is about.

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* PyrrhicVictory: The Phyrexians are ultimately successful in destroying Gatha's Bloodlines work in Keld, but they lose thousands of Phyrexians in the effort and Croag himself is severely injured in battle with Kreig.
* SeriesContinuityError: The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=12612 Æther Sting]] presents a fate for Gatha almost completely different to the one he ets in the book. [[spoiler:He does "fall" in both versions, but in the book it is a HeroicSacrifice, while on the card it is implied that he was cast down to be punished by his own creations]].
* ServantRace: The Metathran.
Metathran, though they are much more prominent in the card art and flavor text than they are in the book.
* TheStarscream: Davvol is a very mild example. He rebels against Croag's authority only when the praetor gives him orders that he feels are ill-considered, preferring to operate on a [[LongGame very long, very patient schedule]]. Croag even wonders why Davvol doesn't simply kill him after he is injured by Kreig and forced to spend decades recovering.
* SuperBreedingProgram: This is what the Bloodlines Project is about.* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Gatha learns how to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=15262 scry]] on Tolaria, and when he goes to Keld he uses this ability to give the Keldons an incentive to let him set up shop.


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** After being injured by Kreig Croag goes into hiding, fearful of being executed by Yawgmoth for his failures. While not stated outright, it is entirely possible that his later successes did not redeem him in the merciless eye of the Hidden One.
3rd May '16 10:33:56 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MosesInTheBullrushes: Karn saves Gerrard, while most of his clan is slaughtered by Phyrexians.

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* MosesInTheBullrushes: MosesInTheBulrushes: Karn saves Gerrard, while most of his clan is slaughtered by Phyrexians.



* WistfulAmnesia: Because Karn outlives everyone around him and this is very painful to him, Urza has his memory capped at twenty years. Which causes Karn to angst about forgetting Jhoira.

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* WistfulAmnesia: Because Karn outlives everyone around him and this is very painful to him, Urza has his memory capped at twenty years. Which causes Karn to angst about forgetting Jhoira.
26th Mar '15 3:21:01 AM Albertosaurus
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* SuperBreedingProgram

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* SuperBreedingProgramSuperBreedingProgram: This is what the Bloodlines Project is about.



* WistfulAmnesia: Because Karn outlives everyone around him and this very painful to him, Urza has his memory capped at twenty years. Which causes Karn to angst about forgetting Jhoira.

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* WistfulAmnesia: Because Karn outlives everyone around him and this is very painful to him, Urza has his memory capped at twenty years. Which causes Karn to angst about forgetting Jhoira.
10th Jul '14 8:04:20 AM Albertosaurus
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'''Bloodlines''' by Loren L. Coleman is the fourth and final book in the Artifacts Cycle, corresponding to the expansion ''Urza's Destiny''. Urza has constructed his ultimate weapon the Weatherlight and the rest of his Legacy, but he has come to realize that his efforts will be worthless without an heir. He initiates the Bloodlines Project, an effort to manipulate the bloodlines of Dominaria’s human population. Meanwhile, Phyrexia is making its own preparations, constructing the artificial plane of Rath.

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[[quoteright:281:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bloodlines_cover_7840.jpg]] '''Bloodlines''' by Loren L. Coleman is the fourth and final book in the Artifacts Cycle, following ''Literature/TimeStreams'' and corresponding to the expansion ''Urza's Destiny''. Urza has constructed his ultimate weapon the Weatherlight and the rest of his Legacy, but he has come to realize that his efforts will be worthless without an heir. He initiates the Bloodlines Project, an effort to manipulate the bloodlines of Dominaria’s human population. Meanwhile, Phyrexia is making its own preparations, constructing the artificial plane of Rath.
10th Jul '14 7:51:52 AM Albertosaurus
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'''Bloodlines''' by Loren L. Coleman is the fourth and final book in the Artifacts Cycle, corresponding to the expansion ''Urza's Destiny''. Urza has constructed his ultimate weapon the Weatherlight and the rest of his Legacy, but he has come to realize that his efforts will be worthless without an heir. He initiates the Bloodlines Project, an effort to manipulate the bloodlines of Dominaria’s human population. Meanwhile, Phyrexia is making its own preparations, constructing the artificial plane of Rath.

By the end of this book, the stage has been set for the Weatherlight Saga, chronicled in ''Literature/RathAndStorm'' and onward.

!! Tropes in this book:

* DesignerBabies
* DoomedByCanon: Despite being granted immortality, we know Davvol won’t survive the book, because by the time of ''Literature/RathAndStorm'', Rath is ruled by Volrath.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Urza’s methods begin to resemble those of Phyrexia. This will come to a head later in the ''Literature/InvasionCycle''.
* MosesInTheBullrushes: Karn saves Gerrard, while most of his clan is slaughtered by Phyrexians.
* ProudWarriorRace: The Keldons.
* ServantRace: The Metathran.
* SuperBreedingProgram
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Croag is plotting Urza’s death at the end of the book. He is never seen again.
* WistfulAmnesia: Because Karn outlives everyone around him and this very painful to him, Urza has his memory capped at twenty years. Which causes Karn to angst about forgetting Jhoira.
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